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Home truths: when relationships and housework collide – The Story podcast
A woman who's keeping it real in an essay about being a stay-at-home mom is sparking conversations among parents on Facebook. Roussin, 27, told "Good Morning America" that her goal was to inspire mothers to stick up for themselves if their husbands "scold" them for the house not being clean. She wrote the post after hearing her friends say their husbands would complain that dinner wasn't prepared or the house wasn't clean, she said. We make housework a family thing. It shouldn't always rely on the mothers' shoulders. Four years ago, Roussin left both her job in bartending and her position at a wood stain lab to be home with her children.
W hy, exactly, is housework so annoying? Certain specific chores are obviously pretty unpleasant: few people relish cleaning the toilet, or extracting mouldy vegetables from the bottom drawer of the fridge. But why housework in general? To be fair to us, men do a lot more housework than in But women still do a lot more than that. So now both sexes have grounds to resent how much of their lives they spend with Toilet Duck in hand, or scooping bits of spaghetti from the kitchen sink. Nor are same-sex couples immune from these sexist expectations. In , a revealing American study presented people with fictional accounts of gay and lesbian households, asking them to judge which partner ought to take responsibility for childcare, groceries, laundry and fixing the car. Reliably, respondents assigned the stereotypically female tasks to the partner described as having the more stereotypically feminine interests, such as a fondness for shopping or romantic comedies. Over the last half-century, across the developed world, more and more women have gone to work , the gender pay gap has been steadily narrowing , and fathers have spent more and more time with their children.